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Met Costume Institute Gala

SJP copy Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a Philip Treacy (www.philiptreacy.co.uk/) mohawk headpiece and Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com) jewels

Every May the Glitterati converge on the Metropolitan Museum of Art to benefit and celebrate the museum’s Costume Institute. The Who’s Who of fashion, entertainment and design all stalk the red carpet. Designers attend with their muses, dressing them in elaborate and sometimes over the top, trend setting creations.

It’s got to be one of the hottest tickets of the year in New York, and all of the fun and festivities took place this past Monday night. Can you believe my invite got lost in the mail again??

Everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal,”Girls” star Lena Dunham, Beyonce, Sienna Miller, Nicki Minaj and many other stars and starlets alike all gathered to turn the 5th avenue shrine to art into a mecca for fashion and all that is fabulous.

Every year the gala focuses around a different theme and this year it is, PUNK: Chaos to Couture and it will be on exhibit from May 9th – August 14, 2013 (http://www.metmuseum.org/)

Stars went all out to pay homage to punk style, but one of the standouts was Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP wore a jeweled Mohawk headpiece by the London milliner Philip Treacy (http://www.philiptreacy.co.uk/) and a suite of 19th century diamond jewelry from the eponymous upper eastside estate jeweler Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com).

Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. SJP in the fabulous Philip Treacy scene stealing jeweled mohawk headpiece!

I’ve been out of commission for the past few days. My pup Julio passed away earlier in the week and  that’s why this blog is so late. He was a great little guy and I’m going to miss him everyday.

julio

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Doggies in Diamonds and Puppies in Pearls

Carlos in pearls  Carlos wearing a fringe necklace of teardrop freshwater pearls and diamonds!!

A few of my friends have suggested that I should expand my collection to include a line of jewelry for dogs, for a number of reasons –

A- Because I’m a huge animal person, I have two Chihuahuas, Julio and Carlos and Phoebe the cat

B- Because lots of other people are super into their dogs too

C- Crazy dog people spend big bucks on Fido

D- Dog stores have popped up everywhere you look packed with tons of fun designer gear for your pooch

I don’t know, that just isn’t my thing. I don’t dress up my dogs (maybe because they’re both male), with the exception of possibly a sweater when it’s really cold and that’s only if I can get it on without being bitten!  I have a feeling that if they we’re female I would have long since fallen prey to the siren song of pink puppy tutus, but luckily for them that isn’t the case.

CCK-MIAMI_R  If you’re looking for some real doggy jewels check out the Miami Dog Necklace from Doggie Vogue!

http://www.doggievogue.com/category/dog-necklaces-anklets/miami-dog-necklace

Tons of people dress their dogs up every day, just take a look around on Instagram! The hats! The dresses! The booties! And…the jewelry!

When I worked at Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com) there were actually a few clients who purchased jewelry for their dogs. Nothing says I have money to burn, quite like buying a diamond tennis bracelet as a collar for your teacup pup, on your afternoon stroll on Madison Avenue!

Well, I was inspired by all of this puppy jewelry chit chat and snapped a few pic of my Dog Carlos wearing some jewels from my personal collection.

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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Easter Luxe

pink egg

If you’re anything like me, you probably still color Easter eggs. Give me something I can decorate, sprinkle some glitter on and I’m there! As a kid, I remember my Grandmother having a wonderful, bejeweled egg on a pedestal in her china cabinet (now there’s a word you don’t hear too often anymore!).

Of course at the time I had no idea that it was supposed to look like a Faberge egg, or had I even heard of them. I just knew it was sparkly, dazzling and totally captivated me. I wanted to wear it on a chain or permanently affix it to my head. The fact that it was an actual egg made no difference to me, I was a weird little kid, ok.

Fabrerge eggs have a long and storied history. “It was in 1885 that the first Imperial egg was produced. The beautifully simple egg opened up to reveal a yolk. Inside the yolk was a golden hen and inside the hen was a diamond miniature of the crown and a tiny ruby egg.

The egg was a gift to the Czarina Maria. It reminded her of home and each year thereafter, a new egg was commissioned by the Czar and created by Fabergé for the Czarina. The eggs became elaborately more jeweled, conveyed historical meaning and had a hidden surprise.

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The Czar gave his wife an egg every year during the Russian Orthodox Easter festival. From 1895 to 1916, his successor, Nicholas II, gave two Easter eggs each year, one to his wife and one to his mother. A total of fifty Imperial eggs were made for the Russian Czars, but several have been lost. ” (1)

Faberge also made miniature versions of the eggs to be worn as pendants. I had the pleasure of seeing a few of them when I was at Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com). These tiny sparkling treasures are difficult to find and an impressive addition to any jewelry collection.

(1) Barbara Crews, “Faberge Eggs,” n.d.,http://collectibles.about.com/od/companyprofiles/p/fabergeeggs.htm(Accessed March 31, 2013).

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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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